Testing Information

In order to become a public school teacher in California, all residents must meet the state testing requirements. Two of these required tests are the California Basic Educational Skills Test™ (CBEST®) and the California Subject Examinations for Teachers® (CSET®). Alder GSE offers a range of resources to support applicants and future residents in successfully completing these testing requirements.


Residents must meet Alder’s testing requirements prior to beginning the residency as part of their enrollment responsibilities.  The CBEST and CSET are not required for initial application and admission to the Teacher Residency at Alder GSE.  

Prior to beginning the program, residents must pass their CBEST (or provide equivalent scores) and a minimum of one of their CSET content area subtests.

Deadlines for Cohort 2021-2022

CBEST: Receipt of passing scores by 5/28/21
CSET: Receipt of passing scores for 1 subtest by 5/28/21
CSET (All): Receipt of passing scores for all subtests by 1/7/22


*If CTC changes requirements due to COVID-19 or other factors, Alder GSE will update accordingly. 

Testing Resources and Support

Please read through the overviews below to familiarize yourself with both the CBEST and the CSET.  We encourage all candidates to the residency to be proactive around their CBEST and CSET study timeline. Candidates can access these supports through Alder in preparing for the tests.  

These supports include a range of offerings, including study materials, office hours, facilitated testing study groups, and sample tests. Note: The voucher for Teachers Test Prep is available to residents only after GSE acceptance and the signing of the commitment to Alder.

Email testing@aldergse.edu for additional support and/or questions.